Red, Green & Blue arc (Adventures)


Pokémon Adventures
Yellow arc
Red, Green & Blue
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Red, Green, and Blue with their starter Pokémon
Chapters 40
(PS001 - PS040)
Region Kanto
Preceded by None
Followed by Yellow arc

The Red, Green & Blue arc (Japanese: 赤・緑・青編 Red, Green, & Blue arc), also referred to as The First Chapter (Japanese: 第一章 The First Chapter), is the first story arc of the Pokémon Adventures manga, consisting of forty chapters and spanning three volumes. It was authored by 日下秀憲 Hidenori Kusaka and illustrated by 真斗 Mato. It began serialization in March 1997, and ended in May 1998.

The arc features the journeys of Red and Blue through Kanto, conquering the eight Gyms and the Pokémon League. Later, a third Trainer, Green, comes into the plot. Together, they destroy Team Rocket, an evil organization that uses Pokémon for illegal actions. Red also assists Blaine in capturing Mewtwo and saves a young girl from wild Pokémon in Viridian Forest. Eventually, Red defeats Blue in the Pokémon League tournament and becomes a Champion.


Main article: Terminology of Pokémon Adventures

In the English manga volumes published by VIZ as well as the Japanese volumes, this arc and the Yellow arc arc are both unnamed. However, in the manga listing from VIZ's official website, those two arcs are treated as a single 7-volume arc titled "Red and Blue".[1]

In the official Japanese website, the first arc is known as 赤・緑・青編 (Red, Green, and Blue arc).[2]

The first arc was retroactively named "Red, Blue and Green" in Hidenori Kusaka's message from the English version of Pokémon Adventures volume 14 published by VIZ. However, in the Japanese version of his message, this arc was mentioned by number instead of by name:

  • Japanese version:
    「7(さつ)って(だい)1(しょう)(だい)2(しょう)」(seven volumes: the first and second arcs)
  • English version:
    "[...] the Red, Blue and Green episodes plus the Yellow episodes total seven volumes [...]"

It is also known as the "1st Chapter" in the story recaps published in the English volumes from FireRed & LeafGreen arc and Emerald arc.

Unofficial names

In English, the naming order "Red, Green, and Blue" is not known to be officially used. However, it has been sometimes used by fans since it is a direct translation of the Japanese arc title as seen above, and it reflects the order in which the Generation I games have been released in Japan.

The numerical designation "The First Chapter" is not known to be officially used for this manga arc. This naming system was introduced later in the Ruby & Sapphire arc (officially referred to as "The Fourth Chapter").


Monthly issues

Main article: List of Pokémon Adventures monthly issues → Red, Green & Blue arc

Beginning in September 1999, VIZ Media released the Red, Green & Blue arc and the Yellow arc as a series of monthly comic books, preceding their collected volume releases of the manga. In total, 18 monthly single issues were released of the Red, Green & Blue arc.

Omnibus releases

Main article: List of Pokémon Adventures omnibus volumes

An omnibus release of the Red, Green & Blue arc was released by Shogakukan in July 2017, with a total of two volumes. These volumes were later released in English by Shogakukan Asia in July 2018 under the title "Pokémon Adventures RGB".

Beginning in June 2014, European French publisher Kurokawa began releasing the Red, Green & Blue arc and the Yellow arc together as a series of three omnibus volumes. While the Red, Green & Blue arc and Yellow arc had been previously released in France by publisher Glénat, these volumes feature a new translation. Kurokawa's omnibus volumes contain all the adventure route maps from the original Japanese volumes, but lack the character introduction pages from the beginning of the volumes.


Main article: List of chapters in the Red, Green & Blue arc of Pokémon Adventures

Important events

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Main article: Timeline of events in the Red, Green & Blue arc of Pokémon Adventures

Party changes


The following Pokémon are obtained:


The following Pokémon evolve:


The following Pokémon are removed or given away:

Gym Battles

Red, Blue, and Green defeat the following Gym Leaders:

Only Blaine is never battled at any point.


  This article is part of Project Manga, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each series of Pokémon manga.